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Joyous_LadyJ
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 Posted: Sun Jan 31st, 2010 11:52 pm
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Everytime I go on a cruise ::boatwaveI learn more about what I want with me and what I can safely leave behind.  Since Abraham is giving many the incentive to go on their first cruise I thought a packing list would be helpful.

This is what I bring.  I am female and have a tendency to overpack since I like my creature comforts.  It is not a "must have" list; just what I bring.  I am sure others have great ideas too. 

This list is what I personally would pack for a 7 day warm weather cruise.  Disclaimer:  I like my creature comforts and, as a result, tend to bring more than is absolutely needed.  A minimalist would want to pare this list down.  I usually have two large suitcases and one carry-on.  Also note that I tend to be "too cold" as opposed to "too hot" so my list reflects the needs of someone who feels the cold.
 
In my carry-on and/or purse:
 
PASSPORT
Credit card or two (including one you indicated when you did the pre-boarding work online)
Travelors checks if I don't want to use credit/debit card at my destination
jewelry  (especially what you want with your formal outfits) -- there is a safe in your room for safekeeping.
medications (if any)
GPS (if I was doing land based activities before or after)
travel information (flights, boarding pass, car rental information, addresses)
Phone charging cord
laptop (don't always bring this)
laptop power cord
charger for ipod
Ipod
book
notebook
pen
snack
empty water bottle (I fill after going through security at water faucet)
thermacare (I find that one of these can make the difference between a miserable trip and an enjoyable one if the plane is too cold - put it on your back over your kidneys and you will be comfortable despite cold temperatures)
neck pillow if flying a long way
Addresses I might send post cards to (These are now in my phone contact information)
Keys to my TSA approved suitcase locks
 
In suitcases
 
7 pairs panties
bras to match what I am bringing (if wearing something that is a halter top - a halter bra, and necessary colors, white for under whites, black if needed, etc.)
stockings or panty hose
some socks to go with comfortable walking shoes or work out clothes (more if in an Abe seminar as my feet get cold)
7 pair shorts and/or skorts
On shore I like those shorts wtih a lot of pockets so I can keep my money and credit card on me rather than in a handbag
7 tops ranging from tanks to s/s polo's
2 formal dresses
five casual dresses or slacks and blouses
appropriate shoes for dresses
evening purse(s) (I try to limit how many I bring but I like a bag that will hold my room key, my camera, a pen, a packet or two of tea and some business cards)
2 - 3 bathing suits
one bathing suit cover up
(I don't bring a robe because they are usually provided)
at least one pair of jeans (some shore excursions [e.g. horseback riding] need jeans
beach shoes
two pair sandals  
Shawl(s) - I tend to be cold in air conditioning so I bring shawls to go with my evening wear
hat for sun
sunglasses
fan (I like to bring a fan as some destinations are quite warm and a fan helps cool you down and takes up almost no room in a purse)
disposable under water camera (I get one at Walmart before the trip as it is far less expensive than getting one at a shore excursion destination such as swiming with Sting Rays)
My digital camera
camera case
extra batteries for camera
Optional: extra flash card for camera (when I have my laptop I sometimes download pictures in the evening)
waist pack
Optional: one of those money pouches that go under clothes
If an Abraham seminar - a boa for the get together for those in the forum
work out clothes
travel steamer (some ships do not allow steamers)
photocopy of passport
name and address (yours)
thermos (I bring an unbreakable thermos to 1) keep coffee or tea room service delivers hot longer, and 2) to use to go to the Lido deck and bring coffee or tea back to my room or to the seminar
I am going to begin bringing a second container for water ~ celebrity provided one in the room on the Alaskan cruise but Carnival and Princess have not done that on recent cruises
positive expectations
rain poncho
light jacket (wind breakers are good)
Zip Lock bags (great for a variety of uses)
enough room to pack souvineers you might buy
nightie

Door message board (I use this when traveling with family or the Abraham group) - it is one made for a school locker and attaches with either double sided tape and/or magnets.  It is great to use to let others know where you are going to reduce time spent 'looking' for others.  Notes such as "Gone to catch some rays; heading to lunch in International dining room at 12:30" will let friends/family attempting to catch up with you do so with far less stress.  Or, for bigger groups "The music in Club Fusion sounds awesome tonight - let's all meet there after dinner" works for any in the group who are interested in that venue.
business cards/calling cards - to help keep in touch with friends after the cruise ends
 

Costmetics
 
toothbrush
toothpaste
brush
hair clips
moisturizer
deoderant
lipstick
make-up
body lotion
the shower gel I like
perfume
sunscreen
shampoo
conditioner
tweezers
nail clippers
nail polish
nail polish remover (travel kind)
neosporin
Advil
(motion sickness stuff if you think you need it; I never need this)
any other items you are likely to use
razor
shaving cream
tweezers
nail clippers
Thermacare (I use during seminar to stay comfortable if room is cold)
 
I lock my suitcases wtih TSA approved locks.  The cruise ship takes them when you reach the pier and then delivers them to your room by leaving them in the hallway outside your room later in the day.  During this process your bags are often unattended outside your room for a period of time and anyone could walk by. I don't think anyone would bother them but I always lock them and bring my carryon with my jewelry with me.  Make sure all bags have the luggage tag for the cruise.  If you are attending the get together for those from the Abraham forum and wearing a boa put the boa in your carryon since you may not have all your luggage by the time the get together begins.
 
If I am having a quick overnight stay before the cruise I will pack everything I will need for that night and the next a.m. in one place so I don't have to dig through everything for that one night.

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 Posted: Mon Feb 1st, 2010 04:36 am
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If you aren't going to just turn your cell phone off while you are on the cruise check with your cell phone and the ship for costs.  My carrier had a Canadian plan that greatly reduced the cost when we were in Victoria. 

The point of this message is to add checking cell phone costs before you go . . . I believe the cost for my carrier on the Sapphire would have been 2.69/minute.  This applies on board even in port.

Last edited on Mon Feb 1st, 2010 04:37 am by Joyous_LadyJ

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 Posted: Mon Feb 1st, 2010 06:09 am
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Hi all.  Just back from Mexico Cruise.::woohoo!!!

I tend to pack VERY light - 1 medium suitcase.  And there were my 6 dresses (they are slinky, not wrinkable), 1 shawl matching open shoulders formal dresses, 3 pairs of shoes matching my dresses, 1 pair of not-bulky sneakers (if I decide on a GYM), 1 pair of flip-flops, 1 beach dress, 2 swim suits, 2 t-shirts, 1 pair of shorts, light windbreaker jacket, hat, sunglasses, digital camera, water bottle, toiletries, long silk underwear(you can sleep in it, dress under the clothes if suddenly cold), couple of silk socks. And wear on myself jeans, moccasins, shirt, sweater (same dress code for the workshops since it's chilly in the room). 


The cruise ship provides robes, beach towels, shampoo, conditioner, body cream, shower hat, hair drier. 

I did use everything what I packed except of 1 t-shirt, didn't miss anything that I might forgot::cool

We enjoyed walk-off breezy disembarkation for those who can carry their own luggage::grapevine


Last edited on Mon Feb 1st, 2010 06:10 am by fromknowingtojoy

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 Posted: Mon Feb 1st, 2010 06:28 am
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welcome back fktj!  heard you got in the hotseat. Ordering my silk longjohns for Alaska soon.

::boatwave

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 Posted: Mon Feb 1st, 2010 06:40 am
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Hi, MissMolly! Will write about hot seat tomorrow!

On silk long johns - I take them on ALL of my travel.  Just in case.  Minimum space::cool - Maximum comfort!:).  Plus silk underwear and silk socks.  Same minimum space, easy wash and dry fast - ultimate for travel. I buy from WinterSilks on the web.

See you on Alaska, MissMolly!

Joyous Lady! See you in Australia/New Zeland in a year! It's in my Vortex!

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 Posted: Mon Feb 1st, 2010 02:19 pm
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Thanks for is all this good information.  I live in jeans.  I understand that they are not allowed in the dining room for dinner.  Are they allowed in other restaurants for dinner, are they okay for lunch?  Do most dress up a little for dinner on the non formal nights or are regular pants and capris seen frequently.  Are dress pants, heels and a dressy top okay for formal nights? I ask because I have a VERY casual wardrobe and don't even own a dress.

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 Posted: Mon Feb 1st, 2010 10:30 pm
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Gwen Elizabeth - you can wear jeans any time!  Only for 2 formal dinners in restaurants, you can change it for pants and a blouse.  But it is not even necessary because you can go to a buffet to eat. If you are planning to hang out with Abers, then plan to eat in a restaurant - they hang out there, less in a buffet:).  We were eating mostly there because we loved the choices more. 

Last edited on Mon Feb 1st, 2010 10:32 pm by fromknowingtojoy

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 Posted: Tue Feb 2nd, 2010 01:21 am
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Okay, this is good news. I had to take a moment to breath though my nose and hang my head between my legs at the mere thought I would be limited in wearing my Banana Republic skinny jeans.  They are so soft and comfortable you could sleep in them.  I wear them everyday and sit by the dryer, rocking silently until they are done.  Okay, I exaggerate, I have two pair so I don't have to suffer when they are in the wash. ::dancerThey make me want to dance!

I want to be a spokes person for these jeans. In case they delete them from their line I should by a dozen.  You know, I think I will! 

Since I have countless pairs of fabulous shoes and accessories I will join you all in the dining room or restaurants.  I have no clue so I will follow you. A good friend said I channeled a drag queen when buying jewelry so I should be easy to spot. :)

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A good friend said I channeled a drag queen when buying jewelry so I should be easy to spot. :)

::LOL::LOL::LOL::LOL::LOL

Have a great time on a cruise!!! I can't wait you all go and enjoy yourself, and then come back and report here on the forum!

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 Posted: Fri Feb 5th, 2010 05:58 pm
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Is it necessary to lock our suitcases? Would someone steal my jeans, horror or all horrors. :)

I don't lock my doors and I leave my keys in the car in my driveway! 

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 Posted: Sat Feb 6th, 2010 07:44 am
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hey guys, i'm ordering my silk longjohns at the WinterSilks website sale.  then i'll be ready for alaska!  i couldn't possible lock my bags, because then i'd lose the chance of having all my stuff missing and getting to acquire new stuff, which would be FUN::hearts 

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 Posted: Sat Feb 6th, 2010 08:27 am
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They have different warmth silk.  I like the medium for top and light for bottom.  They call it ** medium and * for light.

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What to pack?::LOL::LOL::LOL






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 Posted: Mon Feb 15th, 2010 03:26 am
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You really do not need to lock things if you have your vibration under control.  I have a lot of habits from before I knew anything about vibration and still follow them.  I dont activate the aspect of the issue (e.g. having something stolen) when I do the things out of habit because I don't think about why I used to do it.  I am not vibrating perfectly in all areas yet and little things sometimes crop up.  A stolen toothbrush would be a little thing but it would still be something to deal with although I guess if I need an indicator it will take the path of least resistance so if my bags are locked that is not the path of least resistance. . . it will manifest elsewhere.  Six of one and half a dozen of another, I guess.

Gwen Elizabeth wrote:
Is it necessary to lock our suitcases? Would someone steal my jeans, horror or all horrors. :)

I don't lock my doors and I leave my keys in the car in my driveway! 

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 Posted: Tue Feb 16th, 2010 12:50 am
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okay, I am being silly. I have never locked my door and my car keys remain in my car in the driveway. But I do have a question about formal.  Dressy pants and fancy top with fabulous jewerly, does that qualify? I am a jeans and T-shirt type so dressing up means good shoes. Oh and do I have good shoes.  Oh yes I do. But I happen to wear them with jeans.  Okay, got it. I have my dressy black pants and pencil skirt.  Everyone does.  But what is the criteria.  I would hate to be bannished to the buffet.  God no. 

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 Posted: Tue Feb 16th, 2010 05:26 am
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Gwen Elizabeth wrote: Dressy pants and fancy top with fabulous jewerly, does that qualify?
Yep, that should qualify!

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 Posted: Tue Feb 16th, 2010 03:27 pm
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Gwen::hugging

It feels to me like you're worrying (just a little bit) and you've got no need to.  You're doing great, AND you're going to have a ball no matter what you wear!  Choose clothes that feel good, ones that you like to wear and you'll look stunning!

Just chill, relax and look forward to the cruise, all the wonderful experiences you'll have and all the beautiful people you'll meet who are SO looking forward to meeting YOU, and remember how beautiful YOU are too!

::woohoo

::hearts Love Fi

Last edited on Tue Feb 16th, 2010 03:36 pm by Fi

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I am not worried, just gathering the facts so I will be prepared. :) 

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Oops sorry Gwen, I misunderstood.

::heartsLove Fi

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In the absense of facial expression and tone the written word can mislead.  :)

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